Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers (CEGIR)
Eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic gastritis, eosinophilic gastroenteritis and eosinophilic colitis are disorders in which a type of immune cells (called eosinophils) build up in the digestive tract, causing tissue damage to the esophagus, stomach or colon. These disorders are painful and lifelong, and they make it hard or impossible for people to eat many or all foods. The Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers (CEGIR) includes clinical centers in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Switzerland, Texas and Utah. CEGIR’s goals are to collect and store clinical information and biological samples from patients to better understand, diagnose and treat these conditions; develop the best methods to measure symptoms and track patients; develop better treatments; make data available to patients, clinicians, researchers and the public; and engage and cooperate with patient advocacy groups.
The Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers (CEGIR) is part of the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) through its Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR). CEGIR is funded under grant number U54AI117804 as a collaboration between NCATS, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).